Saturday, February 27, 2010

The Adventures Of Kirby Overstreet, Comic Hunter

Yes, it's Kirby Overstreet, Comic Hunter. Able to detect the smell of musty newsprint from two counties over! Master of discerning between Mint and Near Mint!. Arguer of fictional strength levels! Don't get in his way when he's on the hunt, or you'll be brusquely ingnored!

A few days ago, a near mint condition copy of Action Comics #1 (the first appearance of Superman) sold at an auction for 1 million dollars. One million. For a comic book. Supposedly there are only a hundred copies of this particular issue left in existence.

My dad swears to me that he had a copy of Action #1 when he was a kid, but that his mom threw it in the trash one day while he was at school. Thanks a lot, Grandma. I could be the son of a millionaire right now.

I used to buy tons of comics, up until about 2000 or 2001. When they got to $3 each, that was when I said "enough." The last time I looked they were up to $4! That's just too much for a stinkin' comic book.

Drawn in Photoshop on the graphic tablet. The text was hand lettered, based on a real font.

Here's the original sketch of Kirby. I had to change him a bit, because the sketch had some structural problems.


  1. Haha! That's awesome. I like his stooped lurch-ish run. I can almost smell the nerd stench coming off him.

    Don't know if you heard, but a Detective comics #27 (first appearance of Batman) just sold in Dallas for $1,075,000 plus change. It's a mad world we live in!

  2. BTW- Your hand lettering is consistently awesome.

  3. Yeah, I read about the Detective Comic right after I posted this. Amazing!

    Of course, what makes something like a comic book valuable is its scarcity. Action Comics #1 is valuable because there are only 100 left in the world. X-Men #1 from the 1990s is worthless because there are a million of them. If a person could go around and destroy all but 100 copies of X-Men #1, then they'd be rich.

    Say, that would make a good movie! I can see it now: Jack Black is a comic book collector who thinks his collection will make him rich, until he finds out that it's worthless because everyone else has the same comics. So he breaks into comic shops and homes and destroys their comics, hoping to make his more valuable. There you go, Hollywood! I just wrote you a script.

  4. Thanks for the compliment on the hand lettering. I've been practicing, but I'm still not where I want to be.


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